After Backlash, Arizona Cardinals Make Bigger Changes to Kyler Murray’s Agreement

The Arizona Cardinals have made a major change to Kyler Murray’s contract. The team removed the independent study clause from the contract of the star quarterback on Thursday night after it was criticized. The addendum in Murray’s $230 million contract was made public on Monday, and it required him to study game material for four hours per week on his own to receive “credit.” 

“After seeing the distraction it created, we removed the addendum from the contract,”The Cardinals released the following statement. per ESPN. “It was clearly perceived in ways that were never intended. Our confidence in Kyler Murray is as high as it’s ever been and nothing demonstrates our belief in his ability to lead this team more than the commitment reflected in this contract.”  

Both Murray and the Cardinals received heat for the addendum. Murray was required to study further, according to some. It was criticized that the Cardinals felt the need to include such a clause within a contract, rather than privately handling it. Murray addressed the critics when he spoke to reporters. 

“To think that I can accomplish everything I’ve accomplished and not be a student of the game and not have that passion and not take it serious, it’s disrespectful and almost a joke,”Murray stated the following, per the official website of Murray. “I’m honestly flattered that you all think I can go out there and not prepare for the game and not take it seriously. It’s disrespectful to my peers, to all the great athletes in this league. This game is too hard. To play the position I play in this league, it’s too hard.”

Zach Ertz, Cardinals tight-end, thanked Murray for his preparation. “Anytime I brought up questions about how their defense was playing certain techniques or whatever, he knew what I was talking about,” Ertz said. “From my standpoint, I’m not in there watching film with him, obviously … but anytime I wanted to talk about certain techniques they were doing or something I saw based on my study, he was on the same page with me the majority of the time.”Murray was drafted No. Murray was drafted No. 1 in the 2019 NFL Draft. He was awarded Offensive Rookie-of-the-Year in 2019 and was chosen to the Pro Bowl in 2021 and 2020. 

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